Festival of Smiles helps break down barriers

GRINS will be aplenty at the Montrose Bay Foreshore on Sunday 27 November when it plays host to the Festival of Smiles.

Held as part of the International Day for People with Disability (IDPwD), the free event aims to help break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities.

Held from 11am to 2pm, the festival will be open to all and is set to feature a variety of free activities that are guaranteed to make everyone smile.

This includes massages, a barbecue, social circus, drumming workshops, kite flying, face painting, carnival games, trains rides and a treasure hunt.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said the TasCare Society for Children had worked closely with the Glenorchy, Hobart and Clarence City Councils for the past six-years to provide a community event to celebrate IDPwD.

Mayor Johnston said Glenorchy was pleased to be hosting the festival this year.

“Our new event name, ‘Festival of Smiles’, captures what the day is about,” she said.

“We want lots of people to come along and join the fun activities.”

Chair of the Glenorchy Council Access Committee, Patrick Eadington, said that people with disability in the community welcomed the chance to join with others in a festival to mark IDPwD.

“When people get together and celebrate, have fun and join in activities, barriers are broken down and understanding flourishes,” he said.

The Mayor will also be in the midst of the festivities when she dons her dancing shoes and joins the Bright Stars Dance Troupe in their 11.30am performance.

The dance troupe is run by Down Syndrome Tasmania for people with Down syndrome and volunteers.

It has been performing at various events across southern Tasmania since 2010.

“As well as entertaining their audience and raising public awareness of the ability of people with Down syndrome, the troupe also provides a great opportunity for members to express themselves creatively, keep fit and form great friendships,” Mayor Johnston said.

For more information about the Festival of Smiles, contact the Glenorchy City Council on telephone 6216 6800.

Caption: Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston rehearsing with members of Bright Stars.

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